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Cases Journal

, 2:75

First Online: 21 January 2009Received: 31 December 2008Accepted: 21 January 2009DOI: 10.1186-1757-1626-2-75

Cite this article as: van den Bergh, R.C., Wolters, T., Spaander, M.C. et al. Cases Journal 2009 2: 75. doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-75


IntroductionProstate needle-biopsies are among the most common specimens in routine histopathological practice; in 15% colorectal tissue is also present. Rectal pathology is described to be found in 17% of this coincidentally obtained material.

Case presentationWe present a case in which colorectal carcinoid was found in the rectal mucosa obtained via transrectal prostate biopsies in a screening program for prostate cancer in a 71-year old Caucasian male. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time that such a coincidental finding was discovered. Besides a colonoscopy with polypectomy, this coincidental detection remained without any further clinical consequences for this patient until today.

ConclusionAs there is a considerable chance that abnormalities are found in the rectal tissue of prostate biopsies, it is advisable for all pathologists to include this tissue in the histology evaluation and look for potential irregularities in this simultaneously collected material.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-75 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Roderick CN van den Bergh - Tineke Wolters - Manon CW Spaander - Fritz H Schröder - Geert JLH van Leenders


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